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DEADLINE FOR NEXT SUBMISSION: 7 March 2014

Destabilizing Centers and Peripheries:
Re-examining Approaches to the Study of Southeast Asia

The history and present condition of Southeast Asia has been very much shaped by hierarchical arrangements specific to its global and local context, including colonialism, state-sponsored nation-building, the international capitalist economy as well as globalization. These arrangements have been highly influential in the manner in which academics have organized knowledge and have created categories through which that knowledge is presented.

Explorations is looking for papers that re-examine established approaches to the study of Southeast Asia. We are particularly interested in papers that destabilize or problematize existing categories and approaches in the light of contemporary research. In raising these questions, it is possible to consider alternative ways of thinking about Southeast Asia, both past and present. We encourage submissions from all fields of study, topics and time periods.

Possible topics (but not limited to) to explore:

-Typologies of political systems, e.g. authoritarianism, patrimonial democracy, bureaucratic polity
-Periodization of, or transitions within, Southeast Asian history e.g. Angkor and post-Angkor; colonial and post-colonial
-Formations of power: top-down or bottom-up
-State-centered approaches to the production of knowledge
-Constructions of gender
-Change and continuity: production of visual, written, or oral culture
-Diversity/homogeneity: exploring identities in their production, consumption and perpetuation

Explorations is edited and published by graduate students at the University of Hawai‘i  at Mānoa with administrative support provided by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS). The journal provides a peer-reviewed forum for graduate scholarship on Southeast Asia. Submissions are welcomed from all disciplines, however the author must be currently enrolled in an academic program or a recent graduate (within the last year). The journal is produced through a blind review process, by volunteer editors with the guidance of a faculty advisor. Explorations is published electronically and in hard copy, and is distributed to Southeast Asian Studies programs, centers, and university libraries both nationally and internationally. Works published in Explorations are not necessarily representative of the views of the editors or CSEAS, and responsibility for the opinions expressed and the factual accuracy of papers lies with the individual authors.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

  • Submissions are considered on a rolling basis until the final deadline mentioned above. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Please submit your work by email, as a Word document (.doc or .docx, not .pdf) following the Explorations Style Guidelines, to explore@hawaii.edu.
  • Submissions should follow APA or Turabian style, using endnotes and including a complete Bibliography of all works used. The total length of the submission should not exceed 30 pages in length.
  • Submissions are expected to neither be currently under review for another publication, nor to have been previously published elsewhere.

TYPES OF SUBMISSIONS CONSIDERED:

  • Reviews of current books, films or exhibitions,
  • Original translations of poetry or short stories in English, from a Southeast Asian language
  • Photo essays
  • “Notes from the Field” pieces, that is, informal essays on firsthand field research experiences written for a graduate student audience
  • Short reviews of new research tools and resources useful for research

Explorations is supported by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) and the Student Activities and Program Fee Board (SAPFB) at the University of Hawai‘i. The journal is produced through a blind review process, by volunteer editors with the guidance of a faculty advisor. The editorial board consists of graduate students from a range of disciplines whose regional interests lie within Southeast Asia. The journal is published electronically and in hard copy, and is distributed to major Southeast Asian studies centers and libraries both nationally and internationally. Papers published in Explorations are not necessarily representative of the views of the editors or the sponsors, and responsibility for the opinions expressed and the factual accuracy of papers lies with the individual authors.